February 16, 2011 3:35 am
Even if you weren’t waiting for them, you have to admit that the title drew you in.
Welcome to my humble abode. Please, come in, take off your shoes and don’t even fucking think about scratching my new wood floors.
Here are the nasty-assed busted up doors that were here and the purty new ones yours truly demanded.
And the view from inside, we scraped the popcorn off of the ceiling (which took my Dad and me an entire weekend to do), got rid of the dog-shit-piss-stained carpets and installed wood floors and put in new crown and baseboards. By WE, I mean the dude we paid to work his ass off in the month between Thanksgiving and Xmas.
The interior living room view.
Here’s the kid’s bathroom; we took that huge cupboard out (it seriously made the room look so tiny), re-textured the walls, new mirrors, paint, faucets, toilet and back splash.
Here’s the kitchen. And some random dude in the photo who I may or may not be married to. We painted the cabinets (again, not WE but the help) and the paint made us all physically ill for the first three weeks we lived here. I got low VOC paint but it didn’t matter, I was nauseated and migrainish for weeks. We tried everything to get rid of the smell.. a bowl of sliced onions and baking powder in each drawer and cabinet, an ozone generator and hurricane fan. Nothing fucking worked but time. I seriously contemplated taking the kids to a hotel or back to the empty old house until the fumes died down.
One of the biggest things that bugged me about the kitchen was how cramped it felt. We had the drop down ceiling pulled out and it completely opened up the room. And yellow… hmm, yellow I’m still getting used to.
The fireplace was floor to ceiling rock but not just rock, ugly rock. They ripped that fucker out in an afternoon, merely hours after I texted the go ahead to remove it. Then I got the call that they needed materials to build the new one so Graham and I went and impulse bought some slate and tile. I love how it turned out but the pictures so don’t do it justice.
Our contractor called the kid’s room the Nickelodeon room because of the bright green paint but it’s a kid’s room so it HAS to be bright, no? We actually moved them to separate rooms over the weekend since Graham has been waking up at the asscrack of dawn and goes from zero to WAKEEVERYONEINTHEUNIVERSELOUD instantly. Fingers crossed that one or both kids decide to sleep sometime before going off to college.
Ahh, the master bedroom. This is where the magic happens. You know, sleep. The only negative about this room is that even though we installed new floors and paint, I can STILL smell the previous owner’s cologne whenever I’m in there. And it freaks me out. Do you think maybe some cologne-y smelling dude died in there and is haunting me with fragrances?
Here’s the master bath. Basically all we did was paint, add a new light, mirror and toilet. I want to install a different sink but we’ll get there someday.
And the playroom. Which we figured for completely fucking useless when we were looking at the house. I implemented a new rule when we moved: NO TOYS IN THE HOUSE. Well, they can be temporarily played with in the house but then they get booted back to the toy room. And it’s awesome not stepping on sharp little fucking toy pieces when I least expect it. I plan on making something like this to get the toys off the ground but haven’t gotten around to it.
Since the kids are so chemically sensitive, we used low/zero VOC paints, floor glue and any other materials we could find. We also had to get all of the work done in a short amount of time since we can’t really do any major construction projects around them. Even so, we still all got sick from the “low VOC” Ace Brand cabinet paints (The paint looks awesome but almost killed us all).
And that’s basically it, I only omitted the disheveled guest room, office and dining room. I only had a weekend to settle on paint colors (my contractor was fast) and the house came out looking like a fucking preschool. I’m hoping that once I hang some of my art, it will mute some of the brighter colors. Either way, I dig it. And you? What do you think?